In a May 10, 2011, blog post, nonresident drug policy fellow and former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Gary Hale discusses how reforms in U.S. immigration policy could help mitigate the violence and kidnapping stemming from Mexican drug and human trafficking organizations.

Hale"s recommendations include helping Mexico establish federal control of the Mexico-Guatemala border; developing an official database of Mexican human smuggling organizations; and starting a guest worker program to help ensure that migrant workers entering the United States are less susceptible to human rights abuses by human traffickers.